Friday, 17 November 2017

Sale Common Again

Another one of my walks around the Sale Common brings up some more highlights. Have been hearing a Whip bird calling for the past couple of weeks, saw one today, and got a fairly good photo. Some other finds were 2 young in the Whistling Kite's nest and a couple of Darter nests with 2 young in each.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater, was from my walk out at Swallow Lagoon on the 34 degree day. I had planned to sit in the one spot for an hour or so, as there were plenty of birds around. It was too hot so I came home.

 Whistling Kite attending her young.

 Two young in the nest.(need to look closely).

The Kite sitting below the nest.

 Black Fronted Dotterel.
This ground is indicative of most of the Common. The water is drying very quickly.

 This photo made my day. Well worth the 5km walk.
Eastern Whip Bird.

 Lone baby Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Pair of Chestnut Teal.


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Monday, 13 November 2017

More from the Sale Common.

Just a few more from the Sale Common, found a Whistling Kite nesting and a couple more Azure Kingfishers. The Sacred Kingfishers were calling but unable to sight any.

 Lucky to see the Kite on the nest, no chick heads poking up yet.

                               On my way back the Kite was sitting away from the nest.
Not sure if this is the same one but was in the same tree.
 Yellow   Faced Honeyeater.
Rainbow Lorikeet.

 Azure Kingfisher.

 Rufous Whistler.

Kookaburra was sitting below his nest.

Royal Spoonbill in breeding plumage, there were about twenty of these on Lake Guyatt.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Rubeena Cruise.

Last Wednesday myself and 7 others from the model club, took a leisurely cruise down the Sale canal, from the Port of Sale to the Swing Bridge. Eight kilometres overall, 2 hours for the time. Stopping on the way to look at Koalas, and some of the birds that were seen.

 Great Cormorant.

 Saw four Azure Kingfishers, but difficult to get a good photo from the moving boat and not much room to move around.

 Juvenile Whistling Kite.

Not a bird but a Koala Bear.

The next two are from one of my many walks around the Sale Common. I saw a Wedge tailed Eagle flying past and then land. Took about 15 minutes to find the nest, with the eagle holding lunch, and one young.

Australasian Darters nesting. Two young.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Some From Home

 Had a pair of nesting Plovers in our back yard this year, 4 eggs and this was the result. They were trapped in the paddock due to a rabbit proof fence. Eventually flying out.

 Last week there was a lot of noise coming from our back yard. Found a pair of Rufous Whistler's. I think these were well out of their normal territory. They stayed for 3 days and haven't been back.

Male Rufous Whistler

 Butcher Bird.  From Sale Common.

 Sacred Kingfisher. On road between Tinamba and Glenmaggie.

Sacred Kingfishers. Sale Common.

Monday, 16 October 2017

White Women's Waterhole

Went looking for birds at White Women's Waterhole Won Wron last week, plenty of bird calls, but very few to be seen, so it was eyes to the ground.In all found 5 species of Orchids, one I had never seen before.

White Fingers. ( Caladenia catenata).

 Leopard Orchid.  (Diuris pardina)

Wallflower Orchid. (Diuris orientis)

Brownbeaks. ( Lyperanthus suaveolens)

                                                 Pink Fingers. (Caladenia latifolia)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Uralla Reserve.

 Took a drive down to Uralla Reserve to check out the bird life, it must be 12 months since the last visit, I had forgotten how long and steep the first part of the track is. Walked around all the reserve and sighted no birds; but we did see some fungi and the start of the orchids. Not good on Fungi naming, so some of these may be wrong.  One above  Earth Star, Geastrum triplex.

 Trumpet Fungi.  Craterellus sp.

 Trumpet Fungi. Craterellus sp.

 Mycena yuulongicola.

 ? Could be anything.

 Grandfathers Whiskers Lichen.

 Romaria anziana.

 Early Greenhood. Could be a Cobra Greenhood looking at the leaves on the stem.?


Saturday, 8 July 2017

More from the Common

 Following from last blog the three young Darters are now out of the nest. You would have to call these early birds.
The next two photos of Male and Female White-fronted Chats were taken at Desailly Flats last Sunday.

Jackie Winter was taken at the Stock yards on the road to Nicholson Rocks. 


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sale Common Revisited

Have been walking the Sale Common twice a week for a few months now, the bird population has decreased no doubt due to the colder weather.
The one bird that is very common at the moment is the Azure Kingfisher, have had sightings every time I have been down. Record so far is 3 sightings on two separate days.

 Azure Kingfisher.
 The above photo of the Male Darter sitting on a nest was taken on the 13th May, I thought it was strange that a male Darter would be on a nest near winter.
The next photo was taken on the 22nd June, today showing 3 young have hatched, don't know if this is normal or not.
 The photo below is another strange one the White Faced Heron is totally unperturbed by the presence of the fox. I watched for about ten minutes, the fox just looked around and then wandered off, the heron was still scratching around after the fox had left.